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The Eliza Doolittle of Congress Loses Her Henry Higgins

Filed under: General — JVW @ 9:54 pm

[guest post by JVW]

News came in this afternoon that our own adorably clueless but lovable niece, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, is losing a couple of staff members, including the chief of staff whom many believed was her Svengali (oh dear, now I have mixed up my Shaw and my du Maurier):

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s chief of staff Saikat Chakrabarti and communications director Corbin Trent are both leaving her D.C. office.

“Saikat has decided to leave the office of Rep. Ocasio-Cortez to work with New Consensus to further develop plans for a Green New Deal,” Trent told the Intercept Friday.

[. . .]

Chakrabarti, 33, is a Harvard graduate and technology entrepreneur who became an organizer for Bernie Sanders during the socialist’s 2016 presidential campaign.

He founded a PAC called Brand New Congress in 2016 and another called Justice Democrats in 2017, with the stated goal of helping elect liberal candidates to Congress. One of those candidates was Ocasio-Cortez, who, last November, age 29, became the youngest woman ever elected to Congress.

Mr. Chakrabarti has certainly brought his share of controversy to his (former) boss’s office, which we have documented here, from questions about how his personal wealth and access to deep-pocket progressives has impacted his quest to build a more leftist Congress to his penchant for attacking his boss’s colleagues whom he deems to be insufficiently woke to the clapback he immediately received from the party establishment. While I would truly love to believe that Tía Abuela Nancy and Tío Abuelo Steny told la sobrina nieta that her chief of staff had to go, I’m guessing that Mr. Chakrabarti left on his own volition, no doubt bored serving a freshman Congresswoman whose only real power was her ability to command media coverage. He can now work full-time and in the open on his abiding passion: electing more hard-left members of Congress, even at the expense of driving out more traditional Democrats. In that endeavor I wish him a great deal of luck.


12 Responses to “The Eliza Doolittle of Congress Loses Her Henry Higgins”

  1. I would think that serving as Our Exasperatingly Daffy Marxist Niece’s chief of staff is no bed of roses. I wonder if leadership will pressure her to hire a seasoned Washington hack and if she will comply, or if she’ll just find another True Believer and keep on keeping on.

    JVW (54fd0b)

  2. When does he get indicted for criminal fraud,

    Its very disappointing when both the journal and Gannett ans probably the post ignore our favorite candidate and give attention to Hickenlooper and Klobuchar what’s the world coming to

    Narciso (72d34b)

  3. He is not used to having anyone question his actions or motives. First Snowflake Chief of Staff?

    Patricia (3363ec)

  4. Some liberals are finally waking up to the fact that the Woke Army posits mimicking a political system that is famous for devouring its own.

    And speaking of waking up:

    “All the Democrats have to do to win is to come off less crazy than Trump, and, of course, they’re blowing it. Coming across as unserious people who are going to take away all your money so migrants from Honduras can go to college for free and get a major in America sucks.” – Bill Maher today.

    harkin (92ce59)

  5. What a country…

    mg (8cbc69)

  6. This will give them (justice democrats) more time to primary jerry nailer for going slow on impeachment.

    lany (46e7fc)

  7. There’s a lot of fickleness going around lately where that girl’s concerned it seems to me.

    nk (dbc370)

  8. Your nicknames for AOC make me feel a little fond of her. Tulsi, too.

    DRJ (15874d)

  9. I don’t believe it a coincidence that Pelosi and Ocasio-Cortez had a private meeting on 7/26 and that Chakrabarti is out of a job on 8/2. Pelosi does control the backwater committees that Ocasio-Cortez would assigned to had she kept her “movement chief of staff”.

    Paul Montagu (35419a)

  10. Hes just going to pulling her strings behind the scenes, van Jones became more respectable in some circles when he had no title

    Narciso (72d34b)

  11. Eliza Doolittle has been (most famously) played by Wendy Hiller, Julie Andrews, and Audrey Hepburn. Comparing AOC to any of them is like comparing a match to a blowtorch.

    C. S. P. Schofield (9eb8bc)

  12. Perhaps instead of referring to Henry Higgins or Svengali, you could have just stuck with eminence grease.

    Jerryskids (702a61)

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